I'm a New Zealander who is going to be in Orlando at the start of June (I'll be flying there from Los Angeles) and I want to drive back from Orlando to Los Angeles. I have some questions and would appreciate any help:
a) My research tells me its about 2,512 miles from Orlando to Los Angeles. I was going to allow 10 days for the whole trip so would that be enough? I'll be stopping at interesting places along the way back so don't want to be in too much of a hurry.
b) I don't want to be too structured in terms of where I am staying each night (hotels/motels are my preference) so do you think its wise that I just find somewhere to stay each night? Or is it better to book ahead as you go?
c) Can someone suggest a possible route I can take or should I just get a map of the USA and take the most logical way? Is there a way that would be fastest/safest on that route?
d) I have a short list of places I really want to see on the way so here it is:
- Kennedy Space Center, Florida
- The Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville, Tennasee
- Graceland (the Elvis Estate) in Memphis, Tennasee
- The Martin Luther King Center - Atlanta, Georgia
- the place Where President John F Kennedy was assasinated in Dallas, Texas
- the Grand Canyon in Arizona
- Las Vagas (maybe)
e) I've set aside about $400 US for gas costs. Would that be about right for a medium sized car?
f) Can anyone give me an average idea of meal costs in the US per day?
g) How much should I budget for accomodation costs per night for one? I'm not looking for five star but don't want really cheap places either. Just middle of the road.
h) Can you suggest a car rental company that has good rates? Avis looks good at about $39.00 US a day.
Can anyone suggest anything else to see that I could fit in?
Lastly, I really love to see some western ghost towns if they exist (maybe thats just in movies) and also some of those classic small towns where there is just a gas station and a diner (if they exist too). I'd really really like to see that diner with neon lights actually ;)
Perhaps I should be trying Route 66 as everyone raves about it....do parts of that go along the route I've chosen?
Thank you for your help!